Behringer A500 - 2-Channel Rackmount Ultra-Linear Studio Power Amplifier - 230W per Side at 4 Ohms

Model #A500

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Packaging Info

Package Weight 23.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 22.9 x 15.7 x 5.5"

General Information

Input Sensitivity 1.3V (+4.5dBu, VRMS @ 4 Ohms)
Input Impedance 10 kOhms, Unbalanced10 kOhms, Balanced
Gain 28 dB
Frequency Response 10 Hz - 25 kHz, +0/-1dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio -100dB, unweighted, 20Hz - 20kHz
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)
Input Connections 2 x 3-pin XLR, Balanced2 x 1/4" TRS Phone, Balanced2 x RCA Phono, Unbalanced
Output Connectors 2 x 1/4" TS Phone(Output 1,2)1 x 1/4" TS Phone(Bridged Mono)4 x Touch-Proof Binding Posts
Power Rating Stereo @ 8 Ohms: 160 WattsStereo @ 4 Ohms: 230 WattsBridged Mono @ 8 Ohms: 500 Watts
Controls (Rear) 1 x Stereo/Bridge Mono Switch
Indicators 1 x Yellow Protection LED1 x Red Clip LED1 x White Power on LED
Cooling Convection-cooled
Power Consumption 6.5A (120VAC, 60 Hz)3.6A(230VAC, 50Hz)
Dimensions 19 x 10.8 x 4" (482.6 x 257.5 x 101.6mm)
Weight 18.5 lb (8.4 g)
Specialties Convection-cooledLED Bar Metering
Controls Front Panel 2 x Rotary Volume Controls1 x Power Switch
Damping Factor Not Specified by Manufacturer
User Reviews
B h photo.34921152
3 weeks ago

I was Skeptical about buying an amp with such a low price so I did a lot of online reading before purchasing. I bought the A500 to use in my home studio between my Tascam FW-1884 Digital Board & a set of Infinity Interlude IL10 speakers (Nominal Impedance 8 ohms recommended power amps of 15-150...

Audio review.32818415
16 December 2014

Well, let me firstly say that it's a shame that a supposedly German-design brand (Chinese-made, from Germany, just like the great sounding in this case hifi manufacturer "winning" solid state power amps but real honest ) makes a scum like this.

2 September 2009

Better with higher efficiency speakers/cabs. The police will come to your home if you turn them up too high. Can do a Gym or smaller club to adequate volume. Did I mention that they were clean. If you can deal with cons, they are a great value.

  • +

    Very clear (hi fi) and powerful in home stereo settings, can be bridged into Sub for clean thumping. These have satisfied me both at home and as an amateur DJ. Have multiple ins (RCA, 1/4", XLR) & outs (Binding posts, 1/4").

  • -

    Volume controls and output binding posts have given me problems, although I admit I have been kind of rough on them.

B h photo.34921152
29 August 2017

Used for power to horn loudspeakers in large room. Works as advertised.

B h photo.34921152
20 February 2017

Running two of these in bridged mode. They get a bit warm after awhile but they are powering Martin Logan electrostatic speakers to fantastic levels. So it's nice to know I have plenty of headroom and No Fan Noise.

Audio review.32818415
14 October 2013

I bought two of these after the dissapointing results(lack of bass, flimsy power button) I obtained with my Alesis RA500 I did not expected much but after connecting and let the system cooked for a while the results were as described in the Audiocritic review this little amp is pretty good and...

B h photo.34921152
21 January 2013

Key thing: keep the gain knobs at 100%. Somebody else said you get the nasty distortion only in the 50-80% range, I think that's optimistic. At full gain, it's clean, though there's a slight amount of hiss. Can't expect perfection in a power amp this cheap, I guess.

Audio review.32818415
19 April 2011

I bought my Behringer A500 used at a local music store. My existing home subwoofer amp was acting up, so I needed something quick. Since the receiver handles the basic crossover functions, this amp is very simple to set up and use. I don't have to "work around" a complicated subwoofer amp crossover.

B h photo.34921152
13 December 2010

Using this amp in a recording studio,@, for a guitar power amp from a line 6 pedal and it works well. Also as a backup for running monitors for live sound applications. Versatile unit !

B h photo.34921152
8 December 2010

Pricing was what sold me on this amp. Period. I was flat broke trying to replace a downed citation 7.1 used for reference in an Avid studio. You know the story. Why this amp among the old bargain amps?

Product Highlights
    In The Box
    • Behringer A500 - 2-Channel Rackmount Ultra-Linear Studio Power Amplifier - 230W per Side at 4 Ohms
    • AC Power Cable
    • Owner's Manual
    • Limited 1-Year Warranty, Extendable to 3-Years with Product Registration
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